Tottenham Hotspur have signed head coach Ange Postecoglou to a new four-year contract.
Tottenham announced on their website on Saturday (June 6), “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Postecoglou as our new first-team coach, becoming the first Australian-born manager in the English Premier League (EPL). He will join the club on July 1 and has signed a four-year contract. We will confirm his coaching staff in due course.”
Spurs have finally confirmed their first-team coach. Spurs decided to part ways with Conte at the end of March. The club decided to go into the season with an interim manager instead of appointing a permanent one immediately afterward. Christian Stellini, who worked as an assistant coach under Conte, was named acting manager.
However, Stellini was sacked shortly afterward. A 1-6 loss to Newcastle United was the final straw. Spurs ended up with Ryan Mason in charge until the end of the season in an ‘acting manager’s acting manager’ system. In the meantime, a number of candidates were linked to the club, including Julian Nagelsmann and Mauricio Pochettino.
Initially, the leading candidate was Feyenoord boss Arne Schott. Primarily in the Dutch game, he led Feyenoord to the title this season. However, Slott recently re-signed with Feyenoord. It was rumored that he used Tottenham to secure a new contract on good terms.
The search for Tottenham’s next manager is back to square one. The shortlist has been narrowed down again. Fulham boss Marco Silva, former Spain national team coach Luis Enrique, and Postecoglou were all mentioned.
Postecoglou is the mentor of Oh, who joined Celtic in January. He has been in charge of Celtic since 2021. The impact has been huge. In his first season in charge, the Hoops won the Premiership and League Cup, making it a double. He was especially well-received for regaining the league title after losing it to rivals Rangers in the 2020-21 season.
They won the league title again this season. He proved his leadership skills by winning back-to-back Scottish championships. He recently completed the ‘Domestic Treble’. After topping the league and the League Cup, Celtic defeated Inverness on April 4 to win the Scottish Cup. Impressed by their performance, Tottenham approached Postecoglou, and it’s finally official.
When the news broke that Postecoglou would be joining Spurs, it was on a 2+1 year contract. On May 5, transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano said, “Tottenham have completed a verbal agreement with Postecoglou. It’s a two-year deal with an option for a one-year extension.”
However, it’s actually a four-year deal. Spurs didn’t stay with their last three managers for long. Pochettino led the club for nearly five years from 2014 before being replaced by Jose Mourinho, who left after 17 months. Nuno Espirito Santo lasted just four months and Conte 17 months.
The UK’s Evening Standard also said: “While Postecoglou’s four-year deal is encouraging in that it is a vote of confidence, surely chairman Daniel Levy and Spurs fans will have to be patient. Postecoglou has admitted that it usually takes him six months to a year to build his team.” 먹튀검증